No, not always !!! Don't be dead right. Don't be dead wrong. Just be safe!!! Before crossing into a crosswalk, ensure you make eye contact with the approaching drivers in both directions of traffic. Make sure the approaching drivers come to a stop before entering the crosswalk. In Texas, pedestrians do not always have the right of way. (Click on Texas law for more)
The Texas Transportation Code (TRC) states the
following concerning pedestrians and the right-of-way:
Pedestrian right-of way at a crosswalk - TRC 552.003.
(a) The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway in a crosswalk if:
(1) no traffic control signal is in place or in operation; and
(2) the pedestrian is:
(A) on the half of the roadway in which the vehicle is traveling; or
(B) approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
(b) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), a pedestrian may not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and proceed into a crosswalk in the path of a vehicle so close that it is impossible for the vehicle operator to yield.
(c) The operator of a vehicle approaching from the rear of a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross a roadway may not pass the stopped vehicle.
Pedestrian crossing at point other than crosswalk – TRC 552.005.
(a) A pedestrian shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle on the highway if crossing a roadway at a place:
(1) other than in a marked crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection; or
(2) where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided.
(b) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, a pedestrian may cross only in a marked crosswalk.
(c) A pedestrian may cross a roadway intersection diagonally only if and in the manner authorized by a traffic control device.